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BPS statement on HB2001 and SB534

How the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's work on Residential Infill Project and other housing opportunity initiatives aligns with new state legislation


News from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
July 3, 2019


Donnie Oliveira



Portland, ORE. — With the passage of HB2001 (middle housing) and SB534 (narrow lots) in the state legislature — and expected Governor’s signature — the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability can begin to determine how the Residential Infill Project meets the bills' objectives.

Bureau staff will be doing a crosswalk of the two bills and the Residential Infill Project to validate the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s (PSC) recommendation and identify any gaps before taking the project to City Council in the fall. For example, we know that we will need to adjust the historically narrow lots recommendation to comply with SB534. HB2001 has a compliance deadline of June 30, 2021, while the SB534 compliance deadline is March 1, 2020. 

In addition, City Council has funded an anti-displacement project to anticipate and mitigate any unintended displacement of under-represented residents as we continue to implement the Comprehensive Plan. We are currently scoping the project now. 

Our plan is to bring this Housing Opportunities Initiative, the combination of a proposed Anti-Displacement Strategy draft, Residential Infill Project and Better Housing by Design projects as well as the state legislation impacts to City Council this fall. 

Tentative timeline

July 2019
• Anti-displacement Project scoping begins
• HB2001 and SB534 Impact Analysis begins   

August 2019
 Recommended Residential Infill Project/Better Housing by Design drafts published 

• Community outreach begins
• PSC briefing on the Housing Opportunities Initiative (Residential Infill Project/Better Housing by Design/Anti-Displacement Strategy/State legislation)

September 2019 – City Council work session (to be confirmed)

October 2019 – Better Housing by Design to Council; public hearings 

November 2019 – Residential Infill Project to Council; public hearings

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Recycle or not? Reciclar o no?

Oregon Metro launches new website and Instagram to answer challenging home recycling questions.

recycle or not instagram account page

With so many items to sort, it can be confusing to know what is and isn’t recyclable. Oregon Metro's new websites, (Spanish) or (English) and Instagram accounts, @Reciclarono (Spanish) @RecycleorNot (English) are great new tools to clear up confusion. For example, for the next six months the featured item, plastic bags – and their pesky counterpart, plastic wrap – have a clear answer: They cannot be recycled at home. They belong in the garbage.

A new resource for home recyclers in the greater Portland area

To protect the environment and reduce waste, it’s important to learn how to recycle right. Next time you come across an item and aren’t sure if it’s recyclable, these new sites focus on some of the most confusing items and tell you whether you can recycle them at home. 

If you check out Recycle or Not but still aren’t sure if the item is recyclable, and it’s not hazardous, throw it away. It may feel wrong but remember that you’re protecting the environment by keeping trash out of your home recycling bin.

Think first about reducing or reusing plastic bags and plastic wrap

While you can’t recycle plastic bags at home, you can help reduce waste by reusing them or reducing how many you use. Try to switch to items like reusable bags that can be used for years.

When you do get plastic bags, try reusing them. Even if you reuse your plastic bags just once, you’ll end up using half as many. Be sure to keep bags in a place where you’ll remember them, like your car or kitchen.

2019 Legislative Session Update

Housing and sustainability-focused bills will help increase housing opportunity and add to the sustainability toolkit in Portland.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability doesn’t just develop new zoning code and climate actions plans. Staff also work closely with the City of Portland’s legislative liaisons to ensure we’re achieving our goals for a healthy and equitable city at the state level. 

At the close of the 2019 state legislative session, an unprecedented number of bills we’ve advocated for passed into law. Below is a list of the most impactful bills on the future of housing and equitable opportunities for all Portlanders, as well as several that address waste reduction.


HB 2001 – Middle Housing Requirement

HB2001 requires the state’s bigger cities to allow middle housing in single-dwelling zones. This mandate is larger than the scope of the Residential Infill Project: It allows duplexes everywhere, and triplexes, quadplexes, and cottage clusters in some single-dwelling neighborhoods. It applies to all single-dwelling residential zones, whereas RIP currently applies to R7, R5, and R2.5 zones. Currently, the bill requires cities to comply by June 2022, which will give us time to bring Portland’s RF, R20 and R10 zones into compliance.  

HB 20001 also includes direction to the Building Codes Division (BCD) to change the building code rules on converting existing single-dwellings to triplexes and quadplexes.

HB 2003 – Housing Needs Analysis

This bill creates a new performance measure for housing: a housing shortage analysis. The State of Oregon will do a statewide housing analysis and determine housing allocations for Oregon’s regions and local jurisdictions. Housing would be classified by type and affordability. Cities will be required to adopt a housing production strategy (after updating their buildable land inventories) to identify steps to remove financial and regulatory impediments to developing needed housing. Cities would need to update the analysis every six years.

SB 534 – Residential Narrow Lot Development

This bill was a high priority for the Portland homebuilders. It requires the City of Portland to allow development of at least one dwelling unit on each platted lot that is zoned for single-family development, subject to reasonable siting and design regulations. The new rules, which take effect March 1, 2020, would allow for more narrow lot, skinny house development than is recommended by the Residential Infill Project. Zoning map changes for areas with underlying historic narrow lot plats will need to be incorporated into RIP.

HB 2916 – Transitional Housing

Removes limits on the number of campgrounds allowed in a city, especially those for transitional housing.

HB 2423 – Small Home Specialty Code

Adopts International Residential Code Appendix Q as part of state building codes to regulate the construction of permanently sited small homes under 400 square feet, including sleeping lofts accessed by ladders. Requires small homes to include photoelectric smoke alarm. Adopts standards for residential fire sprinkler system.

SB 608 – No Cause Evictions and Rent Stabilization

Prohibits landlords from terminating month-to-month tenancy without cause after 12 months of occupancy. Limits maximum annual rent increase to seven percent above annual change in consumer price index. Declares emergency, effective on passage.


Sustainability wins and losses in the 2019 state legislative session.

Though HB 2020, Oregon’s Cap and Trade bill, did not reach the Governor’s desk, several bills addressing waste reduction passed, including:

  • HB 2509: Plastic bag ban
  • SB 90: Straw and condiments by request only
  • HB 3273: Drug takeback
  • HB 3114: Ecycles updates
  • SB 792: More regulations for auto dismantlers
  • SB 93: Bottle bill – redemption centers in rural areas
  • SB 247-B: Bottle bill expanded to hard kombucha
  • SB 522A: Bottle bill – limits out-of-state returns
  • SB 914: Bottle bill – OBRC product registry required

HB 2623 – Related to hydraulic fracturing (passed)

This bill prohibits the use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas exploration and production. Recognizing the bill supports City of Portland Climate Action Plan goals, BPS supported this bill as a #1 priority.